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Patent Issued for Photo Combination Lock

July 29, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- A patent by the inventor Stedman, Roy (Austin, TX), filed on January 4, 2012, was published online on July 15, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews correspondents.

Patent number 8782776 is assigned to Dell Products L.P. (Round Rock, TX).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to information handling systems and more particularly to a combination lock used for information handling systems.

"As the value and use of information continues to increase, individuals and businesses seek additional ways to process and store information. One option available to users is information handling systems. An information handling system generally processes, compiles, stores, and/or communicates information or data for business, personal, or other purposes thereby allowing users to take advantage of the value of the information. Because technology and information handling needs and requirements vary between different users or applications, information handling systems may also vary regarding what information is handled, how the information is handled, how much information is processed, stored, or communicated, and how quickly and efficiently the information may be processed, stored, or communicated. The variations in information handling systems allow for information handling systems to be general or configured for a specific user or specific use such as financial transaction processing, airline reservations, enterprise data storage, or global communications. In addition, information handling systems may include a variety of hardware and software components that may be configured to process, store, and communicate information and may include one or more computer systems, data storage systems, and networking systems.

"It is known to provide information handling systems with device locking capabilities. Locks for use with phones, tablets and touch screen information handling systems are well-known. Certain devices, such as the certain smart phones use a slide or swipe to unlock function. Other smart phones use patterns or pin numbers to provide unlocking function. It is also known to use picture passwords where a user taps on preset areas of a photo to unlock a device."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "In accordance with the present invention, a simple, customizable and intuitive virtual combination unlock method and system are disclosed. More specifically, an unlock method is disclosed which includes a virtual combination lock, where the virtual combination lock includes several rows of user-selectable images such as pictures or icons as the virtual combination wheels. In certain embodiments, the images are accessed via the user's database. To unlock the device, the user touches and drags pre-selected images into alignment with each other. Security can be adjusted by changing the number of images that need to be aligned to unlock the device. If the wheels appear with random indexes, the screen smears would not be usable to determine the unlock pattern. Additionally, in certain embodiments, the wheels are replaced by a grid or other-type arrangement where images are dropped into appropriate slots."

URL and more information on this patent, see: Stedman, Roy. Photo Combination Lock. U.S. Patent Number 8782776, filed January 4, 2012, and published online on July 15, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Dell Products L.P., Information Technology, Information and Data Storage.

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Source: Information Technology Newsweekly

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